Land Use Bylaw

The Land Use Bylaw divides the County into land use districts. The predominant land use district in Brazeau County is Agriculture. Approximately two-thirds of all the beef farms in the County are cow-calf operations. Agricultural land use policies provide land for extensive and intensive agricultural activities and other compatible uses.

Residential land use policy provides for well planned and orderly residential developments to house a growing community.

Hamlet land use policy recognizes the importance of rural settlement centers and endeavors to improve the quality of life of people that reside in these areas.

Land use policies help to diversify the economy by providing a long-term supply of strategically located Commercial and Industrial development sites. Policy provides for a variety of resource extraction activities including sand and gravel, peat moss, timber, and the oil and gas while protecting the environment and adjacent land uses.

Policies are also intended to prevent development in hazardous areas and preserve environmentally sensitive or significant areas. The County provides open space for parks, trails and outdoor recreation. In addition, policy protects heritage, historic, cultural and archaeological resources.

The County works with Town of Drayton Valley and Village of Breton to ensure that land use on the fringe is compatible.

Current Bylaw is available here.

Land Use Bylaw Review – 2015

Project Background

Brazeau County adopted the Brazeau County Municipal Development Plan (MDP) in 2011. It is a provincially required statutory document that sets out guidelines for the orderly development and compatibility for the many uses of land in the County. The Land Use Bylaw (LUB) is a tool for implementing the vision established in the MDP and the County is undergoing the review process to ensure the vision can become a reality.


The County has retained a planning consulting firm, Green Space Alliance from Edmonton, as a lead consultant for the preparation of the Land Use Bylaw. The project has produced a draft Land Use Bylaw which can be found below. The draft Land Use Bylaw passed the First Reading on May 11th  2016 and Second Reading on June 21st, 2016, the Third Reading and public hearing is scheduled for August 16, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. 


Click here to view the draft LUB

Click here to view the Major Changes Summary Report


Any other documents associated with the LUB review can be supplied in digital format upon request.


Get involved! For more information, please contact:


Benjamin Misener
Planning & Development Coordinator, Brazeau County
Phone:  780-542-2667


Michael Borland
Project Planner/Manager, Green Space Alliance
Phone:  780-409-1764


  • A LUB is an implementation tool that defines land use districts and development standards applicable to all lands within the County and helps to implement the vision established in the Municipal Development Plan.

    A LUB provides 'prescriptive' regulations that are legally enforceable.  The LUB regulates orderly growth and protects the community from conflicting land uses and unsafe developments.  It divides the municipality into appropriate land use districts according to land use type and intensity.  The LUB controls the use of land in a community, outlining such aspects as:

    • Location of varying types of land uses;
    • Location and size of development parcels and structures;
    • General development regulations for a variety of developments; and
    • Specific use related regulations for special use classes.
  • A MDP is a statutory document that provides a long term vision for the County and addresses issues such as land use, future growth nodes, economic development, social development, transportation and servicing.

    The policies established in the MDP are 'descriptive' in nature and guide the development and investment in the community by addressing issues such as:

    • Clarity of where new housing, commercial, recreational and industrial development is preferred;
    • What kind of services as well as social and physical infrastructure that are needed to achieve  the long term vision; and
    • Processes for development approvals.
  • Steering Committee

    In order to provide ongoing direction to the consulting team, a Steering Committee comprising of key representatives from the Planning Department, Council and citizens has been established.  The role of the Steering Committte is to provide critical input related to the overall project direction and review ongoing draft documents prepared by the consulting team before they are presented to the public and Council for approvals.

    Committee Members

    • Shirely Mahan (Division 1 Councillor)- Alternate for Rita
    • Rita Moir (Division 2 Councillor)
    • Marc Gressler (Division 3 Councillor)- Alternate for Maryann
    • Maryann Thompson (Division 6 Councillor)
    • Garry Mastre (retired, former Councillor, former MPC member and acreage resident)
    • Lyn Joesting (accounting, farm operator, volunteer with Pembina Education Consortium & Child Family Services, previous experience undertaking subdivisions)
    • Donna Wiltse (hamlet resident, current MPC member)
    • Jason Kennedy (business owner (Oilfield service), former SDAB member, current MPC member, acreage resident)
  • Stakeholder consultation is a key component of this planning process and a comprehensive stakeholder consultation program is designed to seek detailed input from all stakeholders including citizens, business community, civic agencies and government agencies.  Methods such as survey questionnaires, interiews, focus group sessions and public open houses will be utilized to engage stakeholders.  The detailed consultation and communication methods are described in the Consultation Plan.  Copies of this Consultation Plan are available from the Planning & Development Department.

    Working Draft of Land Use Bylaw

    In an effort to keep resident informed of the ongoing proposed changes, a working draft of the document will be available here and updated on a regular basis. 

    Public Open Houses

    Three Public Open House sessions will be organized to allow citizens and residents to provide input.  Each Open House will be a drop-in session . pA staff will provide a series of display panels to explain project background and key directions. In addition, pA staff will be available to answer questions. The Public Open Houses are scheduled for October 13th from 1 to 4 PM at the County Office, and on October 13th from 5:30 to 8 PM at the Violet Grove Hall. The third Public Open House will be held on October 15th from 5:30 to 8 PM at the Carnwood Hall.

    Focus Group Sessions

    In addition to the multi-stakeholder workshop, four additional focus group sessions will be organized for the following topics on October 1st and 2nd.

    Focus Group #1: Hazard Areas

    Focus Group #2: Land Use Setbacks

    Focus Group #3: RVs

    Focus Group #4:Home-Based Occupations

    Consultation Summary

    A copy of the Consultation Summary Report, which includes feedback received at the Public Open Houses, Focus Group Sessions, Online Survey held in October and the resolutions of the last Steering Committee Meeting held October 29, 2015 can be viewed here.